Friday, December 2, 2022

NOMINATED FOR BEST SCIENCE-FICTION GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2022

 A warm congratulation to Yann Legendre and Serge Lehman the authors of the graphic novel Vega in which I am featured as the enigmatic Alter Pongo is nominated for best science-fiction graphic novel of the year 2022 in Paris and for another award in Angouleme. 











Saturday, September 3, 2022

HERO OF A SCIENCE-FICTION NOVEL


 About 2 years ago the insanely talented portraitist for the newspaper Le Monde in Paris who worked for George Lucas and revamped the logo of American express asked me to be the hero of his next science fiction graphic novel. Since yesterday the graphic novel graces the shelves of every bookstores in France as it is the biggest publication in graphic novel this september. His universe is somewhere between Blade Runner and the Matrix and my character is closer to Rutger Hauer than Harrison Ford. The title is Vega by Yann Legendre and Serge Lehman. Yann is building worlds that will define aesthetically the future of Blade Runner. For those who are not in France you can order the book on Amazon.fr ( amazon France ). Photo below Marc Vinciguerra and Yann Legendre having Aperol Spritz.












Sunday, August 21, 2022

VARIOUS INTERPRETATIONS OF CARAVAGGIO

 

After I finished my copy of Caravaggio for the church, I made some research and discovered painters who did also a copy of the same painting. It was fun for me to align them and compare. The first one is mine and the other below are from Gericault, Rubens and Cezanne.


                                              Vinciguerra


Gericault


Rubens




Cezanne
                   
 



Tuesday, August 16, 2022

THE CONCEPT OF RELIGIONLESS RELIGION


 

When we speak about resistance in the second world war we always speak about the French resistance but we must not forget that there was a German resistance as well against Nazi Germany made of refined German intellectuals, philosophers and avant garde theologians. Such was the case of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

While a German in the prison of Tegel he composed sublime letters on theology. He basically created a theological testament for the church of the future. In his cell he had the revelation of the concept of religionless religion.

He realized the growing religiouslessness of our age and therefore the urgency to preach religion in a non-religious way to be understood in a godless world. Therefore in the solitude of his cell he built another Christ for modernity that he called The Lord of the religionless.

Bonhoeffer set up the avant garde theology by asking the right questions such as= what is a secular God? Why to live without God is to live in him? How to speak of God in a Godless world? By being the first to speak of religionless religion he was the first to act on the great religious revolution of our times which is the apparition of God in religiouslessness.


UMBERTO ECO



 


Visiting the Sacra di San Michele where Umberto Eco filmed The Name of the Rose. It is moving to see this pulpit carved in the rock 3000 feet in the air on which William of Ockham might have preached his forbidden philosophy which is Nominalism. It is interesting that the most important religious revolutions have happened inside the church and not against the church. The legacy of Nominalism who raised against Scholasticism is enormous and inspired Luther, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, it is even considered by some as the father of phenomenology. What a legacy for a monk from the fourteen century!

William of Ockham showed that the appropriation by the church of the philosophical quest for universal essences by Aristotle and Plato was wrong. For Ockham the reality of essences is only nominal, meaning it is just a word, what exist is only subjectivity. Therefore if God were to be found anywhere it is not in knowledge but in experience.

What Umberto Eco does not say is that William of Ockham was the developer of Nominalism but not the inventor of it. The inventor of Nominalism was Roscelin de Compiegne a French Monk from the twelve century. His theory that God might be just a word got him persecuted by the church, he had to leave France and became protected by the University of Oxford.

The simple opposition between religion and atheism is intellectually very poor but on the other hand the opposition of religion against religion is fascinating. To enrich theology we need the religious opposing religion and a new atheism opposing the old atheism. Or even in contemporary philosophy I dream of a nihilism which could rise against nihilism.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

THE LORD IS BACK TO THE MONASTERY

 

The Lord is back to the monastery. No furnitures has changed since Richard Wagner and Cosima stayed here many times. I learned this morning that someone here has studied with C.S. Lewis in Oxford, which explains the Narniaesque feeling of this place. This is the only place in the world I call home.











Thursday, March 31, 2022

THE INVISIBLE CATHEDRAL



 








LECTURE ON THE DEATH OF NIHILISM AT THE INSTITUTE OF METAPHYSICS

 






THE MAKING OF THE PORTAL



 The making of the Portal: before the Portal was installed at the Bombay Beach Biennale I worked on each panels separately, inserting the 22 heads of Nietzsche, Wagner, Heidegger, Altizer, engraving in subzero temperature the principles of my theology and translating my philosophy in Latin. It has been an eternal joy to create a sacred object that embodies the art of sculpture, 181 years of history of philosophy and the palpitating heart of my own theology. 30 years of meditation encompassed in 7 sentences elevated vertically in the religious desert of California.



















NOEMA MAGAZINE ON THE BOMBAY BEACH BIENNALE 2022

 


THE INVISIBLE CATHEDRAL: PORTAL FOR A NEW RELIGIOUS WORLD

 


MY PERMANENT INSTALLATION IN THE DESERT OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE BOMBAY BEACH BIENNALE



 





Monday, January 3, 2022

INVITATION TO THE BOMBAY BEACH BIENNALE 2022


I am delighted to be invited to the Bombay Beach Biennale 2022 both as a sculptor and as a philosopher. I will be installing my latest monumental sculpture in the desert of California and I will also give a lecture at the academic conference.



Saturday, May 8, 2021

MY NIETZSCHE HAS ARRIVED TO OXFORD UNIVERSITY



It is a great joy to be informed that my statue of Nietzsche has arrived to Oxford University in the office of the great philosopher Mark Wrathall who published a very important book last month called "The Cambrigde Heidegger Lexicon". This picture fills my heart with joy, I will let the philosopher him self describe it="Marc Vinciguerra magnificent rendering of Nietzsche has arrived today. It looks like the good Reverend Philpott is ambivalent about the new arrival but I could not be more thrilled. Marc is doing important work on nihilism and the sacred."